SPOONER -- The staff at River Street Dental has just received dementia-friendly training, according to Trisha Witham, Dementia Care Specialist at Aging & Disability Resource Center of Barron, Rusk & Washburn Counties.  Trisha says that dementia-friendly business training is available to any business, organization, or church.

Approximately 115,000 people in Wisconsin are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This number is projected to increase by 68% in 2035.  In addition, 81% of Alzheimer’s caregivers under age 65 are employed.  These numbers will touch us all because they represent family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, colleagues, clients, and customers.

Making it easier for people with dementia to do business has clear benefits:

  • 70% of people with dementia live at home.  They and their family caregivers will use businesses that are easy to navigate and have helpful, aware staff.
  • A dementia-friendly business or organization receives recognition and increased visibility in the community.

What is Dementia Friendly Training?

A free 30-minute training for management and staff of businesses and service organizations to understand dementia and take action to create an environment that is safe, respectful, and welcoming for people living with dementia.  

Training Objectives

  • Learn what dementia is and some facts about Alzheimer’s
  • Recognize the signs of dementia
  • Learn tips for communicating and interacting with a person who has dementia
  • Learn tips for creating a dementia-friendly physical space
  • Get familiar with resources in your community

Call the Aging & Disability Resource Center today to schedule your free training, 1-888-538-3031 or trisha.witham@co.barron.wi.us

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